Around Katy December 2016

| December 1, 2016

The responders of ESD 48, Station 5.

The responders of ESD 48, Station 5.


Harris County ESD 48’s Annual Open House on Oct. 23 was a success with well over 3,000 people in attendance at all three participating stations. With the early unveiling of the brand new Station 5, the new multi-building complex drew the largest crowd with just over 1,600 people throughout the day. Those who came out not only got to see equipment and apparatus that will be stationed there when it officially opens, but they also got to take guided tours of the three buildings that make up the new complex.

In addition to the traditional activities, each station had its own unique offering, including a few outside agencies who joined this year. Station 3 on Westgreen Blvd. had the Harris County Fire Marshals who brought their live fire Sprinkler Trailer demo, and the Katy ISD Police educated those in attendance regarding school safety. Station 4 on Franz Road invited the American Red Cross and Katy Area CERT out to talk about being prepared for emergencies and what to do if a large scale disaster happens. Station 5 on Morton Road had the Constables of Precinct 5 displaying their equipment and giving tours of one of their vehicles while Gulf Coast Regional Blood Centers held a blood drive and offered a free blood typing test to allow people to learn their blood type in case of an emergency.

Fire Chief Jeff Hevey said, “This year was a great success, and I believe the record crowds were a result of our efforts over the last year to connect with and educate the residents we serve in new and creative ways.”


Houston Methodist West Hospital staff came together to host a breast cancer awareness community event at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.

Houston Methodist West Hospital staff came together to host a breast cancer awareness community event at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.


Hundreds of Katy residents gathered for “A Night of Positively Pink,” a breast cancer awareness event hosted by Houston Metho­dist West Hospital on Oct. 21 at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. This free community event helped increase awareness around breast cancer in a fun, family-friendly environment.

“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” said Kim Collins, director of the Houston Methodist Cancer Center at West. “This means that almost everyone in our community has been touched by cancer in some way — so it’s important to come together as a community for support and education,” said Collins.

During the three-hour event, attendees had the opportunity to receive breast health information, enjoy live music by the band Shockwave and receive free giveaway items and snacks including cotton candy, compliments of Berripop Frozen Yogurt.

Houston Methodist West Hospital provides services that range from cancer prevention and diagnosis to advanced treatments. It also offers second opinions, clinical trials, genetic testing and support groups, all at a location conveniently close to home. Visit to learn more or call 832-522-1234 to schedule a mammogram appointment.

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